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Researcher Profiles and Identifiers: LinkedIn

Learn how to set up, maintain, and link together key researcher profiles and identifiers, such as ORCID iD and Scopus Author Profile.

LinkedIn for Professional & Academic Networking

Get the Most out of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most used online portfolio platform, and it is primarily used by employers and recruiters to find and recruit candidates for their company or organization. LinkedIn is also used for professional networking and can also be used to help you control your online identity and professional image. 

Curate your profile with relevant links to your work 

  • List your works in the Publications section
    • List the most important works, such as journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, etc. 
      • Tip: Link to the Open Access versions of works (so more people can access and read them) via the institutional repository, VTechWorks or a disciplinary repository
    • Alternatively link to your Google Scholar Profile or ORCID iD:
      Example of an ORCID URL listed under the Publication section

In the “Accomplishments” section, be sure to:

  • Write your headline and resume summary
    • Tip 1: the first 300 characters / 50-60 words visible to most, especially when searching for you on Google or LinkedIn
    • Tip 2: Search for job postings in your field and use keywords and jargon found in those descriptions to increase your discoverability as a professional and academic
  • Choose an industry for searchability 
  • Edit contact info - include professional or student email
  • List relevant licenses and certifications
  • List courses taken or currently taking
  • List volunteer and service work

Finally...

Keep your summary, headline, and profile image consistent across your other platforms and profiles that you use in a professional or academic capacity, which could include Twitter, Google Scholar Profile, ResearchGate, and your own website. 

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